'Little Hero' Lin Hao gives back to society

13:04, April 20, 2011      

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Lin Hao was only 9 years old when Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province suffered a devastating earthquake on May 12, 2008. Although he was injured, Lin still rescued his two classmates from the ruins of a collapse building.

Lin moved millions when asked why he felt it was his duty to rescue his classmates, and the boy replied "because I am the squad leader." In 2009, Lin was selected as one of the "double hundred" figures and has become the youngest person to earn the honor of being named among "People Who Moved China" since the founding of New China.

Lin said that as so many people had helped him and disaster victims, he should do his bit to appreciate and give back to society.

Lin has made it his life goal to work toward the common good. In addition to normal school life, Lin also participated in more than 100 public events over the past three years. He raised millions of donations and cash for public welfare establishments through participation in movies, television dramas and public service advertisements as well as the charity sale of personal public welfare records and serving as the spokesperson of compassionate enterprises.

Lin also appeared in the "Chinese National Image Film" in January 2011. He said that he feels very proud that he can represent China and appear in front of the people from all over the world.

After learning that a massive earthquake hit Yushu County in Qinghai Province on April 14, 2010, Lin deeply sympathized with the victims because of their shared experience. As a charity ambassador for a company that was willing to help out, Lin and the staff of the company headed to Yushu in May and made donations toward the building of labs at local schools. He saw many students in grief and fear at a school, and thus used the life of Wenchuan people after the post-disaster reconstruction as an example to comfort them. "Everything will be fine," he told the sad students.

Lin's first charity album "Be with You" was released in July 2010, following the flood disaster in Jiangxi Province. He donated over 10,000 yuan, all of his proceeds from the sales of autographed albums at the press conference, to the Chengdu branch of the Red Cross Society of China, in order to help the flood victims.

Lin said that he used to dream of becoming a scientist or an astronaut before the Wenchuan earthquake, but now wants to be a virtuous, successful man like Chen Guangbiao, a renowned Chinese philanthropist. He hopes to establish his own business so he will be able to help more people and make greater contributions to society.

By People's Daily Online

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